Released in 2013 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle on PS3 – a fun brawler with a few quirks that perfectly captured the charm of Hirohiko Araki’s manga and anime template. It’s just stupid that only a few insiders were aware of the cultic and enormously influential series in Japan at the time. That has changed: the manga is now available in German and the new anime series has also found its way onto local streaming channels – so it’s the perfect time to relaunch the wild brawler. We are not dealing with a simple port, many technical and playful details have been thoroughly fine-tuned here. The most striking thing is the frame rate: While the original only ran at 30 fps at one point, the frame rate has been doubled to a smooth 60 fps on most systems (except Switch).
What all versions have in common is the cleanly revised presentation: on a number of character models of the 50 playable characters from all JoJo-Storylines have been worked on, and the voices are better aligned with those of the anime. In solo mode, the annoying energy system, reminiscent of mobile games, went overboard, and new maneuvers such as the assist functions and increased speed quickly become apparent in combat.
Too bad: In this country it is JoJo-Brawler is only available digitally, while a boxed version is also available in Japan, the US and various EU neighbors.